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Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count

Steve Huston



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Rockport Publishers Inc.
25 May 2016
Drawing & drawings; Human figures depicted in art; Art techniques & principles
How often does an aspiring artist read a book or take a class on drawing the human body, only to end up with page after page of stiff lifeless marks rather than the well-conceived figure the course promised?

Though there are many books on drawing the human figure, none teach how to draw a figure from the first few marks of the quick sketch to the last virtuosic stroke of the finished masterpiece, let alone through a convincing, easy-to-understand method.

That changes now. Embark on a drawing journey and discover how these twin pillars of support are behind everything from the Venus De Milo to Michelangelo's Sibyl to George Bellow's Stag at Sharkey's, how they're the fundamental tools for animation studios around the world, and how the best comic book artists from the beginnings of the art form until now use them whether they know it or not.

Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count sketches out the same two-step method taught to the artists of DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, and Disney Animation, so pick up a pencil and get drawing.
By:   Steve Huston
Imprint:   Rockport Publishers Inc.
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9781631590658
ISBN 10:   1631590650
Series:   For Artists
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   25 May 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Getting Comfortable with Your Materials Part 1: The Elements of Drawing Chapter 1: Structure Chapter 2: Basic Gesture Chapter 3: Advancing the Idea of Gesture Chapter 4: Perspective Chapter 5: The Laws of Light Part 2: Breaking Down the Human Body Chapter 6: The Human Body: An Overview of Basic Forms Chapter 7: The Head Chapter 8: The Torso Chapter 9: The Arms and Hands Chapter 10: The Legs and Feet Chapter 11: Finishing Details: Light and Shadow Conclusion: Five Minutes

Steve Huston was born and raised in Alaska. He studied at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. Graduating with his BFA, Huston began illustrating. His client list eventually included such names as Caesar's Palace, MGM, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.After nearly a decade of doing commercial work, Huston decided a change was in order. He's developed his unique teaching method over 30 years, teaching drawing, painting and composition- first at his Alma Mater, then at the Disney, Warner Brother, Dreamworks, and most other major studios.

Reviews for Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count

Steve Huston is a living master, and one of the few who can teach as well as he paints. He's both a mentor and an inspiration to a new generation of professional artists around the world. - Joshua Jacobo, Cofounder and CEO,New Masters Academy ' Steve Huston is one of the most uniquely powerful artists out there ... a modern master. [Figure Drawing for Artists] is a phenomenal resource. Steve's insight and love for what he does inspires. This book should be in every student's library. That being said, it's for every artist - students and professionals alike. - Carlos Huante, Art Director, Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm Finally a book that emphasises gesture and rhythm first and foremost. I think the book is weighted just right for making it clear to the current photo copyist culture, and the overly medicalized anatomy culture, that gesture, rhythm, and playful, designed proportion are by far the most important initial visual ideas. Not only for the figure, but for entire images. - Erik Olsen, faculty at College of Creative Studies, Detroit Steve Huston's new instruction book, FIGURE DRAWING FOR ARTISTS, has been long over due and something I have personally waited for. A consummate draftsman, brilliant painter and one of the most knowledgeable artist I have ever had the pleasure of knowing has made this valuable book available for anyone who is truly interested in understanding the principals of drawing. This book will be the yardstick that all other instructional drawing books are measured by. - Dan McCaw, Fine Artist

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